John Durkee

News Director & Morning Edition anchor

John Durkee is the News Director for KWGS. He has over 35-years of experience in radio news and has served as News Director of radio stations in Tulsa, Missouri and Kansas.  He was also a reporter in Oklahoma City, early in his career. He is a Tulsa native and served as the City of Tulsa Communications Director prior to joining the staff at KWGS.

Durkee has won countless awards for his work as a broadcaster, including awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the Associated Press, United Press International, The Society of Professional Journalists and the Oklahoma and Missouri Association of Broadcasters.

He is a past board member of the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, the Kansas Association of News Broadcasters and the former Tulsa Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He resides in Bixby with his wife, Carol.

 

 

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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Thursday Morning's Local News

In the local news:

  • The latest from Broken Arrow where a water boil advisory is still in effect.
  • Plans move forward for Tulsa's Gathering Place.
  • Tulsa welcomes the World Pinto Pony Show.
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Local & Regional
6:56 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Wednesday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

  • The boil order remains in place for Broken Arrow water customers.
  • Taylor, Bartlett advance in Tulsa's mayor race.
  • Ron Peters wins the GOP Tulsa County Commission Primary
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Local & Regional
6:34 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • Election day is here in Tulsa Mayoral primary.
  • Owasso's City Manager is charged with two felonies.
  • A not guilty plea is entered in a wrongful death grand jury indictment from the Claremore VA Center.
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Local & Regional
6:41 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Monday Morning's Local News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The summer heat envelopes northeast Oklahoma this week.
  • Mayor Bartlett pushes his public safety tax.
  • Safe rooms in all Oklahoma schools would cost $200-billion. That is a third of the overall state budget.
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Local & Regional
6:34 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • City Councilors take up the Tulsa Jail overcrowding issue.
  • Four reputed Tulsa gang members are indicted by a federal grand jury.
  • Mayor Bartlett makes his appearance on 'Studio Tulsa'.
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Local & Regional
6:58 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Thursday Morning Local News from KWGS

In the KWGS Local News:

  • The recents storms have taken a toll on Oklahoma horses.
  • Bees buzz a Tulsa Bumper!
  • The Tulsa Sheriff's Office offers a special camp for At-Risk kids.
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Local & Regional
6:46 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Wednesday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The El Reno tornado is rated an EF-5.
  • The Tulsa School Board makes changes to Project School House.
  • We are profiling the Mayoral candidates. This morning, we feature Kathy Taylor.
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Local & Regional
6:44 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Tuesday Morning Local Newscast from KWGS

In the local news:

  • The death tolls from last week's storms has increased to 18.
  • Tinker Air Force Base waives furlough for tornado victims.
  • An employee of the Claremore Veterans' Facility is indicted on two counts of caretaker murder.
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Local & Regional
6:26 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Tornado Damage in East BA

The storm center near 101st and South Mingo, just minutes before it produced a tornado.
Credit KWGS News

Authorities say a tornado that touched down in the Tulsa area doesn't appear to have destroyed any buildings.

Because it was dark out when the tornado hit Broken Arrow, it's difficult to determine the extent of the damage. But Police Maj. Mark Irwin told the Tulsa World that the city had no reports that any buildings were destroyed.

The tornado touched down just before 9PM, last night near 91st and 193rd East Avenue. The storm skipped across the Creek Turnpike and did damage to an abandon service station at industrial area near Highway 51 and the pike.

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Local & Regional
6:40 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Monday Morning LOCAL News from KWGS

Topping the local news:

  • Tornadoes rake the state. One person is killed.
  • PSO's Regional Haze plan to be debated before the DEQ today.
  • Lawmakers could end the state legislative session this week.
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